Judge to sentence Robert Bates today

Ponca City Now - May 31, 2016 8:59 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A judge is scheduled to sentence a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff’s deputy who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect last year.

Tulsa County jurors who found 74-year-old Robert Bates guilty of second-degree manslaughter last month recommended that he serve four years in prison. Bates says he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot Eric Harris.

A judge is scheduled to sentence the wealthy insurance executive on Tuesday afternoon.

Harris was restrained and unarmed when he was shot during an illegal gun sales sting.

His killing prompted a grand jury investigation of the sheriff’s office and the indictment and resignation of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, a close friend of Bates.


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